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Why not walk?’ Google Maps to roll out green features

Camera IconGoogle Maps is adding some “green” features, encouraging people to use public transport or walk. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP ‘Why not walk?’ Google Maps to roll out green features Jennifer Dudley-NicholsonAAPApril 22, 2024 6:04AM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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Noah Cyrus bares all in raunchy ensemble as she’s accused of ‘copying Bianca Censori

Noah Cyrus has been slammed for ‘copying Kanye West’s wife Bianca Censori’ after posing in a series of see-through outfits. The younger sister of pop star Miley Cyrus gave fans an eyeful on her Instagram page as she posed in a raunchy sheer dress with a plunging front wearing just a thing underneath and leaving very little to the imagination. Noah, 24, exposed her bare chest with her nipples showing through the sheer fabric in the look reminiscent of those worn by Bianca. Noah had her head covered with a hoodie and bleached eyebrows for the suggestive snaps as she placed her tattooed hand across her body. A second image saw her covering one of her nipples with her legs crossed as she smouldered into the camera. For all the latest on news, politics, sports, and showbiz from the USA, go to The Mirror US . READ MORE: Bianca Censori’s sister goes braless in see-through Yeezy shirt by Kanye West The look comes after Noah previously exposed her body in sheer fabric at Paris Fashion Week early in April. She wore an all balck dress with her nipples poking through the light fabric for the Yohji Yamamoto Menswear Spring/Summer show. Critics compared Noah’s look to Bianca in an online forum where they slammed the risque fashion look. One wrote: “Miley Cyrus’ sister is dressed like Kanye’s wife.” Another scathed: “I never thought I was a prude, but I am pretty tired of seeing everyone’s full-on breasts all the time in fashion.” A third social media user said: “[Noah] is going to keep doing stuff like this because literally nobody cares about her or what she is doing, and she lives in her sister’s shadow.” A fourth social media user offered: “Why is Noah dressed just like Bianca. Trying way to hard to be controversial at this point.” A fifth said: “As if putting up with Bianca’s constant nudity isn’t enough now she’s jumped on the bandwagon too. Yuk.” Bianca is well known for her extremely provocative clothing choices regularly going underwear free under sheer fabrics as she steps out with Kanye. Just last week she shocked fans by wearing yet another revealing outfit for a visit to Disneyland. The couple were spotted at Disney’s park in Los Angeles on Tuesday April 16, with fans questioning the company’s dress code policies. Bianca was pictured wearing an extremely tight nude dress, putting on a leggy display as she held Ye’s hand. Bianca’s dress featured a front covering draped over her front – it didn’t appear to cover the back. Her hair was done in her signature slicked back style, wearing a natural face of make-up. Ye, as usual, kept covered up, changing up his all-black ensemble in white. Pictures of their outing were shared on Instagram, with some saying Bianca’s get-up was too inappropriate for Disneyland. “Any non-celebrity would not be able to wear that in the parks,” commented one user. While another asked: “They let her in like that?” A third wrote: “Doesn’t Disney have a dress code.” While someone else said: “If other people dressed like that they’d make her wear Disney clothes to cover up. BOOOO.” *Follow Mirror Celebs on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads .

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Tributes paid to boy, 7, who drowned in swimming pool in birthday party tragedy

Tributes have been paid to a seven-year-old boy who drowned in a hotel swimming pool yesterday – who will be remembered for his “bright smile and kind heart”. Shay Lynch, from Clonlara in Co Clare, got into difficulty after attending a birthday party at the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre in Killaloe on Saturday. In a statement, Shay’s school, Scoil Seanain Naofa, Clonlara, said: “Our school community has experienced the tragic death of our beloved pupil, Shay Lynch. “His bright smile and his kind heart endeared him to everyone in our school community. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents Tania and James, his sister Abi, the extended family and his wide circle of friends.” Taoiseach Simon Harris was amongst those to express his shock at the tragedy. He said: “Absolutely heartbreaking. I know people right across Ireland are keeping this family and the community of Clonlara in Co Clare in their thoughts and prayers at such a sad and difficult time.” It’s understood that Shay got into difficulty in the swimming pool at the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre in nearby Killaloe shortly before 3pm on Saturday, April 30. Efforts were made poolside to try and save his life after he was recovered from the water unconscious. Gardaí and emergency services attended the hotel and the boy was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, where he was pronounced dead. The swimming pool at the hotel’s leisure centre was immediately closed, according to the Irish Mirror. Cathaloirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Joe Cooney, said the whole area of east Clare was “stunned and shocked” by the tragedy. He said: “It is an awful, sad tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the little boy’s family. And the local community where the boy and family are from will get a lot of support and help to get them through the coming days and weeks. “The whole area of east Clare is stunned and shocked and in mourning. And our thoughts and thanks are with all the emergency services involved.” Local councillor Tony O’Brien said the whole community of Killaloe was in ‘immense shock and sadness.’ He said: “It’s a terrible tragedy. And our thoughts and prayers and full support is with the family of the little boy. Everyone is in immense shock. The leisure centre is widely used by local families.” In heartbreaking posts on social media, one person wrote: “Absolutely devastating. Such awful news. Poor little boy lost his life having a fun day with friends. I can’t begin to imagine the total heartbreak for his family and the family having the party.” Another wrote: “Prayers for both families as they come to terms with this tragic accident and to all his little school friends who will never understand. Rest in peace little man.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: “Gardaí and emergency services responded to an incident at a swimming pool on a premises in Killaloe, Co Clare shortly before 3pm on Saturday, April 20. A seven-year-old boy was transported from the scene to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced deceased. The local coroner has been notified and arrangements are being made for a post-mortem examination.” In a statement, the hotel said: “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and those who knew the young boy who passed away following a tragic accident in our swimming pool yesterday. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our lifeguards, team members and the emergency services who did all they could in responding to this incident.”

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BBC EastEnders to delay iPlayer release in ‘history making’ format change

EastEnders will be delaying their typical early morning iPlayer release on Monday. Taking to social media on Sunday night, the hit BBC One soap announced that real-life footage from Sunday’s London Marathon will be edited into Monday’s episode as part of Jay Brown and Honey Mitchell’s storyline. Jay star Jamie Borthwick and Honey star Emma Barton ran the London Marathon in character as part of the soap’s heartbreaking brain tumour storyline. And Monday’s early iPlayer release will be delayed as EastEnders edits the episode to include real-life footage from Sunday’s London Marathon. In an Instagram post, EastEnders penned: “Emma Barton and Jamie Borthwick have just completed the London Marathon for an upcoming storyline that will see their characters, Honey and Jay, take on the event in memory of their beloved Lola. “As well as running on behalf of their chosen charities, Emma and Jamie run parts in character to film various scenes along the route. These scenes will be edited into the main show this evening and viewers will be able to watch the special scenes tomorrow (Monday 22nd April) from 1300 on BBC iPlayer and at 1930 on BBC One. @londonmarathon #LondonMarathon.” Soap fans will recall that last year, Lola Pearce-Brown, played by Danielle Harold, tragically passed away following her diagnosis with a glioblastoma multiforme. As part of a current EastEnders storyline, Jay and Honey have been preparing for the London Marathon in honour of Lola. Jamie said of the storyline: “Over the last 18 months, we have seen a storyline where my [Jay’s] wife Lola, had developed a brain tumour. We just really tried to make it as real as we could and our lovely boss dropped the idea to us that maybe our characters would run the marathon.” Emma added: “I think it’s a really clever idea that EastEnders have done to show what a lot of the people all over the country are doing. And that’s raising money for their charities or in memory of a loved one. As Honey and Jay are going to be running the London Marathon, we are going to be filmed live on the London Marathon day, which will then go into Monday April 22’s show at 7.30pm. This has never been done before in soap history.” Presenter JJ Chalmers spoke to the duo at the 12-mile point to which Jamie said: “It’s fantastic. So far, we are struggling a bit. But are we getting through, the crowds are great”, adding: “Everyone’s been great. It’s such a great day, and everyone’s screaming and shouting and it’s brilliant.” Asked if they were ready for their EastEnders scene, Emma said: “We just have to treat it like any other scene of EastEnders, professionally, we’re gonna get it done and then we can relax for the last half.” Soap fans were quick to react to EastEnders’ post on Sunday night as one person said: “Well done Jamie and Emma. Lola’s storyline was one of the best soap storylines in years from beginning to end deserved the awards it got Lola would definitely be proud of Jay and Honey.” Elsewhere, a different account put: “Congratulations! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode”, another wrote: “Amazing!!! I’m in awe” while another soap watcher added: “Congratulations, Emma and Jamie.” EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.* Follow Mirror Celebs and TV on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads.

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Maya Jama and Stormzy spark engagement demands while sizzling in Coachella sunshine

Maya Jama delighted fans with ‘cute pics’ and a video clip from sun-soaked California where she’s been cuddling up with boyfriend Stormzy – sparking wedding hopes among fans. The 29-year-old Love Island host is having a time at the Coachella music festival in California – alongside 30-year-old music sensation boyfriend Stormzy. Maya has been giving fans access to her antics in the sunshine – and thrilling them with stunning photographs and videos. Taking to Instagram Stories on Saturday, Maya danced in her sun chair as she soaked up the rays while wearing a striking bikini. She soundtracked the video clip with music by her boyfriend – with his song Cry No More, who he created with fellow musician Headie One, playing over the footage. She later shared a string of snaps from the desert set festival. She wrote online: “Got the cute pic yday” along with a red heart emoji and a crying-with-laughter emoji. The collection of snaps showed Maya sitting beside a pool and shielding her eyes from sunshine as she bathed in warm late spring weather. Another snap showed her being hugged by Stormzy while she smiled with her eyes closed. Other snaps showed her knocking back drinks and posing with friends, taking in dance music, and enjoying some downtime beside a fire pit. Fans flocked to the comments section of the collection of images – after one of the snaps in particular drew attention. One fan commented – clearly referencing the image of Maya with her man – to write: “Look how in love you are! Even after all these years you’re so smitten regardless of the ups and downs! I am so happy for you both.” While another urged: “Stormzy put a ring on it for gods sake.” Maya and Stormzy’s romance has been far from sunny over the years – with the couple first getting together in 2015 then dramatically splitting in 2019. But they rekindled their romance last year. Reports last September suggested Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, planned to propose to Maya after winning her back. A source told The Sun: “Stormzy knows how lucky he is to have gotten Maya back and he’s determined not to lose her again. He wants to make her his wifey for lifey. He’s telling his mates this is it for him now, he’s found the one.” While other sources claimed the pair were visiting a counsellor to help ensure their relationship didn’t implode like it did before. A source told the Mirror last September: “Stormzy and Maya have been encouraged to go to “couples’ therapy” to nip their past issues in the bud once and for all. He is very close to his mum Abigail’s pastor, and she made the recommendation. They plan to use him in a similar role to Bishop T.D. Jakes in Oprah Winfrey’s life, who has guided her through the highs and lows of life with transformational thinking.” And the source teasingly added: “Stormzy and Maya have never stopped loving each other and want to do all they can to protect their second shot at lifelong happiness. Stormzy has already told friends he’s ready to have kids as early as next year.” Follow Mirror Celebs on TikTok , Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads.

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Chicago police officer shot dead overnight while heading home from work: ‘Another sad day’

CHICAGO — A 30-year-old Chicago police officer was shot and killed overnight on the city’s southwest side while heading home from work, police said Sunday. Superintendent Larry Snelling told reporters the officer was going home and still in uniform, but wearing something on top of the uniform to cover it as is customary for off-duty officers. The officer was shot multiple times early Sunday and pronounced dead at a Chicago hospital, Snelling said. The officer was identified as Luis M. Huesca by Mayor Brandon Johnson’s office. Police did not offer a motive. The officer’s vehicle was taken, but police would not confirm whether the shooting was part of a carjacking, citing a preliminary investigation. Police did not have a suspect in custody. “The officer was the victim of the type of crime that he was working against to keep people safe in this city,” Snelling said. “Another sad day for the Chicago Police Department.” In a statement, police said officers responded to a gunshot detection alert just before 3 a.m. on the city’s southwest side and found the off-duty officer outside with gunshot wounds. Huesca was a six-year veteran of the department and just two days shy of his 31st birthday. Johnson said he met with Huesca’s family Sunday morning. “No family or community should ever have to suffer such pain,” Johnson said in a statement. “Our city is grieving, and our condolences go out to their entire family as well as Luis’ fellow officers and community.”

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Miami Seaquarium remains open despite lease termination deadline

As the Miami Seaquarium continues to be under fire from startling findings of animal neglect in USDA inspections, the Seaquarium’s doors remained open Sunday despite the April 21 lease termination deadline from the county. Activists from SoFlo Animal Rights, PETA and World Animal Protection banded together in front of the facilities advocating for the Seaquarium to shut its doors. The demonstration Sunday was similar to a funeral, filled with Scottish bagpipes, black veils, and calls for justice in the name of several Seaquarium animals who have died such as Lolita the orca and Bud the sea lion. “We’re not celebrating, they have not evacuated the animals yet,” said Holly, an organizer with Miami Seaquarium Weekly Demo. “They are still suffering.” Protestors were horrified by USDA reports citing the Seaquarium’s failure to provide adequate treatment, protection and care to the animals. “Every single day this place remains open, these animals’ lives are in danger and we see that with these USDA inspection reports,” said Amanda Brody, a senior campaigner with PETA. According to the USDA, some animals had lung and pulmonary diseases, lacked the necessary nutritious diet, and had even untreated serious injuries from attacks by aggressive animals. In the case of Bud the sea lion, a USDA report stated declining health and a lack of resources available to the facility’s veterinarian, “may ultimately lead to his death.” The Miami Seaquarium confirmed Bud was euthanized shortly after the report was released. With Sunday being the deadline for Miami-Dade County’s lease termination, all eyes are on the county and Seaquarium on what happens next. Mayor Danella Levine Cava and Commissioner Raquel Regalado released a statement saying if the Dolphin Company, which owns the Seaquarium, did not take steps to vacate, the county would. “There needs to be a task force of veterinarians and marine biologists that goes in to take stock of the animals and assess their medical conditions,” said Spencer Roberts of Rosenstiel Marine Lab. “The last thing we’d want to happen is animals get needlessly euthanized.” Activists are calling for different options: turning the Seaquarium into a sanctuary or relocating the animals under proper care. “They don’t have to perform anymore or earn their keep,” Holly said. “They can just be cared for medically and cherished and not be treated as objects.” Meanwhile, the Dolphin Company has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, claiming unfair targeting of the Seaquarium, restrictive zoning hindering the facility’s growth, and breach of lease agreement. NBC6 last received a statement from Miami Seaquarium and CEO of The Dolphin Company Eduardo Albor on Friday saying in part, “We stand firm in our belief that with fair treatment and support from Miami-Dade County, we can overcome the current challenges and emerge stronger, for the benefit of our community, our staff, and the animals we are dedicated to protecting.” NBC6 reached out again on Sunday and have not heard back on an update. While the county has encouraged the Dolphin Company to voluntarily leave Miami Seaquarium by the deadline, legal experts said if they have not done so by Sunday, the Seaquarium will eventually be served a formal eviction notice, which leaves them seven days to leave.

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Israeli leaders criticize expected US sanctions against military unit that could further strain ties

Israeli leaders on Sunday harshly criticized an expected decision by the U.S. to impose sanctions on a unit of ultra-Orthodox soldiers in the Israeli military. The decision, expected as soon as Monday, would mark the first time the U.S. has ever imposed sanctions on a unit inside the Israeli military and further strains relations between the two allies, which have grown increasingly tense during Israel’s war in Gaza. While U.S. officials declined to identify the sanctioned unit, Israeli leaders and local media identified it as Netzah Yehuda — an infantry battalion founded roughly a quarter of a century ago to incorporate ultra-Orthodox men into the military. Many religious men receive exemptions from what is supposed to be compulsory service. Israeli leaders condemned the decision as unfair, especially at a time when Israel is at war, and vowed to oppose it. “If anyone thinks they can impose sanctions on a unit in the IDF, I will fight it with all my might,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netzah Yehuda, or Judea Forever, has historically been based in the occupied West Bank and some of its members have been linked to abuses against Palestinians. It makes up just a small part of Israel’s military presence in the territory. The unit came under heavy American criticism in 2022 after an elderly Palestinian-American man was found dead shortly after he was detained at a West Bank checkpoint. A Palestinian autopsy said Omar Assad, 78, had underlying health conditions, but had suffered a heart attack caused by “external violence.” It said doctors found bruises on his head, redness on his wrists from being bound and bleeding in his eyelids from being tightly blindfolded. A military investigation said that Israeli soldiers assumed that Assad was asleep when they cut off the cables binding his hands. They didn’t offer medical help when they saw that he was unresponsive and left the scene without checking to see if he was alive. Assad had lived in the U.S. for four decades. After an outcry from the U.S. government, the Israeli military said the incident “was a grave and unfortunate event, resulting from moral failure and poor decision-making on the part of the soldiers.” It said one officer was reprimanded and two other officers reassigned to non-commanding roles, over the incident. But the army decided against criminal prosecution, saying military investigators could not directly link their actions to the death of the U.S. citizen. Human rights groups long have argued that Israel rarely holds soldiers accountable for the deaths of Palestinians. Investigators said soldiers were forced to restrain Assad because of his “aggressive resistance.” Assad’s family has expressed skepticism that the behavior of an ailing 78-year-old could justify such harsh treatment. Amid the uproar with the U.S., Israel moved Netzah Yehuda out of the West Bank in late 2022 and reassigned it to northern Israel. The battalion was moved to the southern border with Gaza after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack triggered the ongoing war. In a statement Sunday, the army said its Netzah Yehuda soldiers “are currently participating in the war effort in the Gaza Strip.” “The battalion is professionally and bravely conducting operations in accordance to the IDF Code of Ethics and with full commitment to international law,” it said. It said that if the unit is sanctioned, “its consequences will be reviewed.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that he had made a decision on reviews of allegations that several Israeli military units had violated conditions for receiving U.S. assistance outlined in the so-called Leahy Law and that they would soon be made public. Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s War Cabinet, said in a statement that he spoke Sunday evening with Blinken and told him the decision is a “mistake” because it would harm Israel’s international legitimacy during wartime and because Israel’s judicial system is “strong and independent.” Two U.S. officials familiar with the situation said the U.S. announcement could come as soon as Monday. The officials said about five Israeli units were investigated and all but one had been found to have taken action to remedy the violations. The Leahy Law, named for former Sen. Patrick Leahy, bars U.S. aid from going to foreign military units that have committed human rights abuses. A reservist in the Netzah Yehuda unit, Sgt. Maj. Nadav Nissim Miranda, said the Assad death was “an unfortunate incident” but also an aberration. He told Channel 12 TV that targeting the battalion would hurt efforts to encourage religious men to enlist. But Yesh Din, an Israeli legal advocacy group, said the case was not isolated. It said one out of every five soldiers convicted of harming Palestinians or their property since 2010 comes from Netzah Yehuda, making it the unit with the highest conviction rate for such cases. The U.S. review was launched before the Hamas war and not connected to recent Israeli actions inside Gaza or the West Bank — which has experienced a dramatic spike in deadly violence since the Gaza war erupted. The U.S. has also recently imposed sanctions against violent settlers. Gadi Shamni, a retired general who once served as the military’s commander over the West Bank, said a main problem with the unit is that it was traditionally assigned exclusively to the West Bank. Violence between troops and Palestinians and settlers and Palestinians has surged there in recent years. In contrast, he said other units regularly rotate in and out of the volatile area. He said the exposure to nonstop friction and violence had caused a level of “tiredness” among the troops. Nonetheless, he said it was a stereotype to punish the entire unit and it would have been better to target specific individuals or commanders. But Ori Givati, the director of advocacy at Breaking the Silence, an Israeli group of former combat soldiers critical of Israel’s occupation, said the problems run much deeper than any particular unit. He said abuses of power by soldiers toward Palestinians are systematic and the lack of repercussions for wrongdoings are fueling incidents like the death of Assad. Israeli hard-liners blasted the expected U.S. decision. Israel’s ultranationalist national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, said the U.S. crossed a “red line,” and Tally Gotliv, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, accused the U.S. of antisemitism. But even the head of the opposition, former Prime Minister Yair Lapid, rejected the move. He said the sanctions are “a mistake and we must act to cancel them.” He noted that “the source of the problem is not at the military level but at the political level.” Associated Press writers Matthew Lee in Washington and Jack Jeffery in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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Earth Day: How one grocery shopper takes steps to avoid ‘pointless plastic’

Nature wraps bananas and oranges in peels. But in some modern supermarkets, they’re bagged or wrapped in plastic too. For Judith Enck, that’s the epitome of pointless plastic. The baby food aisle is similarly distressing for her, with its rows and rows of blended fruits, vegetables and meat in single-use pouches that have replaced glass jars. Less than 10% of plastic is recycled. Most is buried, burned or dumped. Recycling rates for glass, aluminum and cardboard are far higher. And cardboard or paper packaging is biodegradable. The global theme for Earth Day on Monday is planet vs. plastic. Plastic production continues to ramp up globally and is projected to triple by 2050 if nothing changes. Most of it is made from fossil fuels and chemicals. As the world transitions away from using fossil fuels for electricity and transportation, plastics offer a lifeboat for oil and gas companies as a market that can grow. The Earth Day environmental movement is calling for “the end of plastics for the sake of human and planetary health.” People are increasingly breathing, eating and drinking tiny particles of plastic, though researchers say more work is necessary to determine its effect on human health. Millions of tons of plastic wind up in the ocean each year. This week, thousands of negotiators and observers representing most of the world’s nations are gathering in Ottawa to craft a treaty to try to end the rapidly escalating levels of plastic pollution. Plastic is everywhere in modern society. That’s evident whenever you go grocery shopping, said Enck, a former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator who now heads up the advocacy group Beyond Plastics. There are things shoppers can do if they want to use less plastic. On a recent trip to the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany, Enck bought almond butter and yogurt in glass containers. She asked that her fish be wrapped in paper and not placed in a plastic bag. She steered clear of bagged carrots and breezed past the lettuce packed in what she calls “plastic coffins.” She keeps reusable shopping bags in her car, a common practice in New York since the state banned plastic carryout bags several years ago. “Even small steps make a difference because big supermarkets notice when people ask for less packaged material. Also, our kids pay attention. If they’re shopping with us and you talk about why you’re reaching for the glass jar rather than the plastic jar, it’s an opportunity for education,” she said. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. AP: How do you avoid plastic packaging and products at the grocery store? I tell everyone you’re not going to be perfect, but do the best you can and focus on things you buy most often. I just could not keep buying those plastic orange juice jugs. So what I did on the juice was, I bought a really nice glass pitcher with a lid on it. And for juices and lemonade, I only buy the frozen concentrate. You avoid the plastic altogether. It takes a little bit of time to melt it and add three cans of water. But most people can manage that. AP: Many shoppers start in the produce aisle. What are some tips? I bring reusable cloth produce bags because I don’t want to use those thin plastic bags. So if I need a couple of apples, a couple of avocados, I’ll put them right into my reusable produce bag. I try to buy loose carrots rather than carved carrots in little plastic bags. I will never, ever buy bananas if they’re in a plastic bag, which in my store they usually are not, but I have seen that sometimes. It’s pretty easy to buy loose peppers. I never put broccoli into a plastic bag. You know, you don’t need a lot of those produce bags. The real dilemma is the fresh berries. Now they do come in number two plastic, which is supposed to be recyclable. I know that Driscoll’s is starting to sell strawberries in a little cardboard box, which I am waiting for. AP: What do you do when plastic is unavoidable? For crackers, you can recycle the outside box if it’s cardboard, but then there’s usually a plastic bag inside or a waxy bag that you can’t recycle. But you can use that waxy bag or those little plastic bags if you have pets. I don’t have a pet, but my friends use bread bags and chip bags when they pick up pet poop. So why buy pet poop bags, you can just save those. I do use regular trash bags. I don’t knock myself out on that. I try not to fill it up. If you can reduce your waste generation, you’re not buying as many bags. I think it’s very important to compost at home if you have the space. AP: Where have you seen improvement? The household goods aisle. I am excited about the changes. For detergent you can get concentrates. I only use powder in the dishwasher. I strongly recommend that people avoid the plastic pods. And you can recycle the cardboard boxes from the powdered soaps. You don’t have to get it in plastic. I also think the beverage aisle has some real opportunities for recycling. Better than most other aisles. AP: What could be done so shoppers have more options? The nice thing about paper, cardboard, glass and metal is it can be easily made from recycled content. And it actually is recyclable. You can put it in your recycling bin. And if it gets littered, the paper in the cardboard, in particular, doesn’t stick around for centuries. If we were to pass a strong packaging law to reduce plastic packaging at the state or national level, you would have packaging engineers thinking about what happens after the packaging is used. New York is considering a law right now that would reduce plastic packaging. Unless we adopt new laws, it’s not going to change because the voluntary pledges by companies are falling short across the board. That’s the only way to solve this. ___ The Associated Press’ climate and environmental coverage receives financial support from multiple private foundations. AP is solely responsible for all content. Find AP’s standards for working with philanthropies, a list of supporters and funded coverage areas at AP.org.

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Racist thug caught on camera attacking Muslim women on UK street in vile tirade

Footage of a group of Muslim women being subjected to a vile thug’s barrage of horrendous racist abuse has gone viral online. Shocking video filmed in Romford on Saturday, April 20, shows a man following a group of women along South Street as he hurled Islamophobic slurs. In the video the man, who appears to be middle-aged, could be heard calling the women “Muslim *****” before telling them to “**** off out of England.” The man then told the women: “Go away you ******* idiots.” One of the women could be heard pleading with the man to stop and insisting he was “being racist,” but the man continued to verbally harass them. As of Sunday evening, multiple accounts had shared the video on various social media platforms. On X, formerly Twitter, the clip has been seen more than 600,000 times. A Met Police spokesperson today told The Mirror: “We are aware and urgently investigating this appalling and clearly unacceptable incident that happened in South Street Romford on Saturday, 21 April around 4:50pm. This is being treated as a hate crime. According to a February 2024 report by TellMAMA, an organisation that measures anti-Muslim attacks, there had been a 335 per cent increase in cases comparing the last four months of 2023 to those in 2022. It added more than 2,000 anti-Muslim cases had been recorded in the UK since the deadly attacks by Hamas terrorists in Israel on October 7. The man referred to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas as he harassed the women. He then told the women “**** off back to Muslim [inaudible]. We are a Christian country.” It is not known who filmed the the racist tirade, but the man appeared unaware that he was being recorded and at one point brazenly walked right up to the women and stuck his finger in their faces. “We don’t like you,” the man continued. “We are a Christian country and we don’t ******** like you.” The Redbridge Community Action group, a grassroots movement that states its aim is to help communities in Redbridge and Ilford, called for the man to be identified in a post shared on X, adding. “URGENT: Help @metpolice. “Identify this sick racist earlier today in Romford. Watch as this coward physically threatens and subjects a group of women with his vile, horrific, racist and Islamophobic slurs. We stand with them in solidarity. Internet, please do your thing.”

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